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WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP may regret flying too high during legislative session

Will the final flurry of legislative activity by Missouri Republicans result in a fate similar to the mythological Icarus?

GENE ROBERTSON: Donald Sterling brought needed conversation about race to forefront

If it were not for Donald Sterling's behavior, the media would not have been energized by the issue you highlighted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Common Core will be supported by federal funding

The Obama U.S. Education Department committed $360 million for two consortia to develop national tests aligned with Common Core.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Want the Missouri legislature's attention? Write a bigger check

When Steve Tilley, a legislator turned lobbyist, wrote a check to the House Republican Campaign Committee on May 10, it cast a dark cloud over every vote taken — or not taken — the last week of the session involving one of his clients.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal regulations dampen prospects for business graduates

Employers should have the means to hire freely, but the uncertainty created by today’s regulatory environment has made many hesitant to do so, making job opportunities scarce for recent college graduates.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sex offender registry used as tool both for law enforcement and humiliation

The punitiveness of our sex offender laws, registry and restrictions are totally unsupported by any empirical evidence. It destroys marriages, creates homelessness and perpetuates joblessness by listing the employer and address.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Man can't live on cabbage alone

Americans need credible nutrition advice they can trust, not a choice between quacks and "experts" sold out to junk food companies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ethanol subsidies should be eliminated

Corn producers won't like hearing it, but there are three big reasons to eliminate subsidies for ethanol fuel.

DEAR READER: That Washington team's name? You make the call

Redskins is an offensive term. Others might disagree, but that's not the point: The context is. Using the R- word casually serves no good purpose. Using it to engender debate and understanding does.

GUEST COMMENTARY: KOMU outlines reasons for not settling with DirecTV

Simply acquiescing to DirecTV's demands would do significant harm to KOMU's viewers and its educational mission.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrities draw attention to social ills but mask deeper issues

We're mistaking moralism for morality. The real systemic sins are hiding inside the latter. Yet the cycle spins on.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: At least one American city has sensible gun laws

The right to bear arms is not unlimited. Washington, D.C. has gun control laws that should be emulated in Missouri's cities.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Conservatives, Common Core critics put ideology above facts

You hear opponents' criticism and you have to ask yourself, are these people stupid or just ignorant? Or, considering that they’re seeking membership in a legislative majority so conservative it no longer listens to Kit Bond, are they cynically mouthing words they don’t really believe?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Governor needs to veto 72-hour abortion bill

This bill tells women in no uncertain terms that we are thought to be incapable of making responsible decisions about our own bodies and our own families.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rich are growing exponentially richer

The concentration of wealth is more extreme than you might imagine. The 400 richest Americans possess combined assets of over $2 trillion — as much wealth as all 41 million African Americans.

DAVID ROSMAN: Columbia needs general aviation to improve its airport

City government views commercial aviation as the ideal way to increase traffic at the Columbia Regional Airport, but other options such as a flight school or private planes for short-haul trips could boost use as well.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jay Nixon and the summer of 176 vetoes

Missouri's failure to pass a Medicaid expansion bill is a crisis — one that demands bold moves from its governor, writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mom was right: The 'five-second' rule does apply

Scientific studies have found that the potential risks of eating food that falls on the floor are minimal.

ROSE NOLEN: Texting while driving — dangerous for everyone

In Missouri, the texting while driving ban applies only to drivers under the age of 21, but it's not just young drivers that are easily distracted by their cellphones.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Climate change is no longer up for debate

The IPCC panel warned that the planet is indeed warming, that humans are primarily responsible and that we are not anywhere near prepared for the dire consequences.

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